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Millie Vanillie



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 5:23 pm    Post subject: Austin A30 brakes Reply with quote

Hello everyone !

I am very new to the Classic Car Forum having only bought my 1955 Austin A30 last week and now I have discovered that both brake cylinders need replacing on the front, as one is seized and the other's leaking ! Confused

So, has anyone any suggestions as to where's the best place to start looking for replacements ? There's nothing currently on ebay and apparently the brakes are so bad I definately need new cylinders, not just the rubbers.

Thanks very much.
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Phil - Nottingham



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its always a good idea to join a marque club as they may have access or sell parts or get discount of them
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Millie Vanillie



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Phil

I have already joined the Austin A30 Owners Club and they have given me a couple of contacts, but unfortunately it seems that brake cylinders are quite a rare commodity - and I am going to have to wait for a while before they will have some more available......perhaps they all seize/leak eventually so they all end up needing replacing !

On a different approach does anyone know whether I can fit other models' brakes cylinders (ie an A35/A40) instead ?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Millie

Have you tried contacting autofurbish? we bought quite a few parts from this place when we had an A30 in the 1990s

http://www.autofurbish.net/

You can also get wheel cylinders re-furbished, but autofurbish and others should be able to sell you new-old-stock (ie unused original) parts.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suggest that you contact Past Parts as they can definitely help.

http://www.pastparts.co.uk/
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bull Motif have now started selling Austin parts as well as minor

http://www.austina30a35parts.com/shopcat.php?marqe=Morris&cat=19-*BRAKES**-----Front----Rear----Handbrake&RECORD_INDEX(stock)=31


They have them in stock
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can ream or hone the cylinders out up to 10thou (0.25mm) per inch and then just replace the seals. Its usually pitted rust (old brake fluid) or a score that puts pay to the cylinders.

Dave
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Millie Vanillie



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks very much guys for all the advice !

I will shop around again today and fingers crossed might be lucky...I did take the Austin out for a drive yesterday and it didn't seem too bad so if I keep an eye on the fluid level and give myself enough distance to stop I might be ok .....

But hey watch this space, my next post might be from hospital !!!! Shocked
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you have any photos of the car to hand?

Our A30 ended up in Atlanta, the last photo of it that I received showed it on its side Shocked apparently the local spannerman had 'fixed' the brakes, first time out the brakes gave up the ghost while going down a gentle hill. The owner tried to arrest forward progress by climbing a bank alongside the road, causing the A30 to topple onto its side. Once righted, the only damage was scuffing to the exterior door hinges!



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Millie Vanillie



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Rick

I do have some photos but haven't had the chance to figureout how to put them on the computer yet ( I did read your FAQs section too)

As for your suggestion

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Have you tried contacting autofurbish? we bought quite a few parts from this place when we had an A30 in the 1990s

http://www.autofurbish.net/

You can also get wheel cylinders re-furbished, but autofurbish and others should be able to sell you new-old-stock (ie unused original) parts.


I did try and ring them but the number was unobtainable and then they replied to my email to say that they no longer operate....thought you might need to know.

Thanks again though - at least I am getting somewhere with the brakes situation although now it seems as though the battery/alternator are playing up again

Just the joys of having a classic car I suppose !!!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2009 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you still need wheel cylinders, or any other parts for that matter, I recommend Bull Motif. I've had loads of parts from them including a new master cylinder and the quality, service and speed of delivery is top notch.
Also Stan Chatterton (owners club spares secretary) has loads of mostly 2nd hand stuff for sale - I've never had anything from him though. He also sells Autofurbish's stock - after the owner retired he sold all his stock to the club.

I will be going up to Bedford soon to collect some doors, wings and shock absorbers for my A35 project from another club member. It sounds like an Aladdin's Cave!

Nice to see another A30/A35 owner on here. Would love to see some pics sometime! Very Happy

P.S. The wheel cylinders, and the whole braking system, are identical on A30's and A35's btw Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2009 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you blokes have places that "sleeve" cylinders over there ?
Over here (in OZ) we have several places that if you need a cylinder repaired, can bore and sleeve it back to original size in stainless steel. I had it done to my International truck about 20 years ago and it is still going. Half the restored cars on our roads have had it done to them, its cheap effective and as stainless is not affected by the water that brake fluid absorbs from the atmosphere it doesn't rust causing pits. If you can't get a replacement I would look into it.
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